NCIP inaugurates P35-M office building in Kalinga

Published October 25, 2021, 3:29 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has inaugurated its new office building in Kalinga province.

NCIP Chairperson Allen Capuyan led the turnover of the NCIP’s P35-million Provincial Office building in Tabuk City, Kalinga. (NCIP)

“Kalinga is among the provinces blessed with its own National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) office building,” the NCIP said in a Facebook post.

NCIP Chairperson Allen Capuyan led the turnover of the NCIP’s P35-million Provincial Office building in Tabuk City, Kalinga.

Gracing the event were Kalinga Lone District Rep. Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang, NCIP Commissioner for Central Mindanao Jennifer Sibug-las, NCIP-Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) Director Marlon Bosantog, Governor Ferdinand B. Tubban, and Kalinga Police Director Davy Vicente Limmong.

The NCIP said “padatong”, a traditional welcome rite for guests and visitors was performed during the inauguration of the NCIP Provincial Office.

The NCIP’s P35-million Provincial Office building in Tabuk City, Kalinga. (NCIP)

“This is a fitting demonstration of the admired Kalinga hospitality. Padatong is a way of making visitors feel “welcome and at-home” with the cultural communities,” it said.

Upon entering the provincial office, the Commission said the guests and visitors were invited to do the “losngat or losngit”, a ritual of opening the jar of “basi or bayas”, a traditionally made sugarcane wine and the basket of “inandila” a famous glutinous rice cake in the province.

The guests received as tokens the woven traditional fabric used to cover the wine and rice cake.

The NCIP said “Ta-ug” or offering the wine to guests and visitors started with Capuyan taking the first sip from a “payong” — a series of bamboo tubes artistically made for drinking bayas during special occasions.

 
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